News

Resignation of Chairman

We are sad to announce that our Chairman Hugh Hoffman has resigned due to personal reasons. Hugh has given a lot of time and dedication to the Society and his input will be missed. In the meantime our Vice Chairman Andrew Campbell is going to step up until the AGM in June

Fife FHS Fair

The Fife Family & Local History Fair, took place on Saturday 8 October in the Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline. The event included a series of talks and an exhibition area with stalls run by a number of Family History Societies and Local History groups, both from Fife and from further afield.

In addition, the event had an ‘Ask the Expert’ area run by The Scottish Genealogy Network with specialists helping visitors overcome brick walls in their research. This proved a great success and thanks go to Emma Maxwell for organising the SGN stand and all the other stall holders for supporting the event. Scotland's Urban Past ran two workshops walking visitors through the steps to the Historic Environment Scotland online archive, "Canmore".

Winner of the Scottish Hamper was Caroline Makein from St Andrews.

Winner of the free membership was Jim Mason of Lochgelly.

We hope you enjoyed the Fair and thank you for supporting us by attending.

Speakers on the day were:

  • Andrew James - "People, Places and Partnerships: local history resources from Historic Environmental Scotland" The resources of Historic Environmental Scotland can assist your research with maps, aerial photographs and other records which show our industrial heritage and which chart changes in towns and villages. Introduction to online tools such as Scran, Canmore, Scotlands Places, NCAP and Britain from above. (Historic Environment Scotland was formed in 2015 and incorporates Historic Scotland, The Royal Commission of Ancient and Historic Monuments in Scotland and Scran)
  • Robert Watt   - "Watts and some related families in Dunfermline, records in Scotland and Overseas" - Some recent discoveries concerning the family of William Meikle Watt (1839-1901) who was Burgh Collector of Rates in Dunfermline for the last quarter of the 19th Century. Also a discussion of how really important and interesting documents and photographs leave Scotland with emigrants and then turn up overseas. (A former Chief Herald of Canada, Robert's family originated in Dunfermline)
  • Simon Taylor: “Fife place names” The origins of Fife place names including the use of personal names in place names and how to understand some of the more obscure place names in Fife. (Simon is a lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Glasgow and joint author of the authorative five-volume publication The Place Names of Fife")
  • Frank Hay and Len Saunders: “ Forth Bridge Casualties” The Forth Bridge is a universally recognised monument to Scottish engineering but it was built in the 1880s long before the era of Health and Safety. Many fatalities and injuries were suffered by the workforce during its contstruction - as graphically described by the speakers.  (The Briggers Organisation researches & commemorates the men who built the Forth Bridge.)
  • Lloyd Pitcairn - "A Little Gem" The title refers to local history and how every now and again a little gem comes from family archives, which enlightens our perspective on the lives of individuals in our past. (A profession genealogist in Dunfermline, Lloyd's company specialises in tracing heirs to intestate estates.

Opening of Fife FHS Research Room

The Opening of the Fife FHS Research Room in Cupar was on 20 August. The ribbon was cut by Archie Lumsden our Hon Vice-President. There was a steady stream of visitors looking for information on their Fife Families.

L to Right - Sara Kelly and Susan Turnbull of Fife Cultural Trust/Cupar Library, Archie Lumsden, Committee Members Frances Black, Alison Murray, Roddy Greig and Andrew Campbell.

Donation to Wemyss Caves

 

 

Fife Family History Society makes donations to local organisations who reflect the society’s aims, and the latest donation was to SWACS (Save the Wemyss Ancient Caves Society) who received a £500 donation.

SWACS exists to protect and save the Wemyss Caves and their unique drawings. Roddy Greig presented the cheque on behalf of the history society to SWACS’ David Anderson.

 

Crail Museum & Heritage Centre

CENTENARY OF THE BATTLE OF JUTLAND

TO COMPLEMENT THE EXHIBITION IN THE CRAIL MUSEUM AND HERITAGE CENTRE THERE WILL BE A TALK ON

THE BATTLE OF JUTLAND

BY

COMMANDER DAVID HOBBS

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WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE 2016

AT 7.30PM IN THE KIRK HALL, CRAIL

 TICKETS ARE £7 AND INCLUDE REFRESHMENTS

THEY ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE CRAIL MUSEUM AND HERITAGE CENTRE DURING OPENING HOURS AT WEEKENDS & BANK HOLIDAYS AND FROM PENMAN BUTCHERS, CRAIL

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation Charity No SC023505